Barbara Capaldi volunteered to coordinate the food and we devised an online list so anyone attending the party could list what they were bringing. The group all brought along party food, baked, grilled and prepared our own dishes which combined with Tracey’s last minute shopping trip and Barbara’s efforts in the kitchen prior to and on the night amounted to a banquet of food that sustained us throughout the evening and beyond lunch the next day. Barbara was supported by Lynn, Sue, Tracey and Laura who ferried food back and forth from the kitchen to the barn. Sue delighted partygoers with trays of food which saved us battling our way to the overflowing tables.
Partygoers were offered treat or trick tarot readings with Oephebia (TV psychic) for a donation and her corner of the barn was vibrant with psychic energies. Mini readings was not the best description as Oephebia gave her all for 3 hours straight and those that sat with her were impressed with what they heard.
Oephebia, “As far as I can work out, people were very happy with their readings and enjoyed themselves whilst helping the animals in need. I think I read for 17 or 18 people which is quite good in a space of 3 hours. It was an enjoyable experience and it is for an excellent cause. I just wish I could have had time to mingle with people…”
Musical entertainment was provided by the talented Jason and Anthony with an organic mix of didgeridoos, drums, percussion and saxophone. Even those of us stuck in our seats collecting the money had to jump up and move our feet and shake our money-makers.
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Liz kindly helped Maddie with the raffle draw, while Jason provided a drum-roll.
As a group we really gelled together while planning, organising and hosting the party. Everyone had their part to play and it allowed people to play to their strengths.